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Future Aggies Boczova, Paalma and Pierson Shine at Summer Tournaments

August 05, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Incoming Texas A&M women’s tennis players Klaudia Boczova, Eva Paalma and Rachel Pierson continue to experience success at international tournaments this summer as they prepare to begin their Aggie careers in September. In addition, A&M junior-to-be Rutuja Bhosale recently collected a pair of tournament titles, and former A&M standout Cristina Stancu reached the finals in doubles last weekend after winning back-to-back tournament titles earlier this summer.

“It’s very encouraging to see our former, current and future athletes representing Aggies all over the world in such a positive way,” said Howard Joffe, who is entering his fourth season as Texas A&M women’s tennis head coach. “Also it doesn’t hurt the outlook for the 2014-15 Aggies knowing that Paalma, Pierson and Boczova will be joining the roster.”

Boczova, from Bratislava, Slovakia, is coming off a doubles title and a semifinal appearance in singles at the $10,000 Copenhagen last weekend. Earlier this summer, the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year as a first-year sophomore at San Jose State won the singles championship at the Kronborg Open in Denmark.

Paalma, from Tallinn, Estonia, reached the doubles finals at the $10,000 Tallinn with partner Julia Matojan before falling to the tournament’s No. 1 seed in the championship match.

Pierson, a transfer from the University of Virginia who was No. 12 in doubles and No. 76 in singles in the 2014 final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, competed in the $10,000 Austin at the end of July. From Princeton, N.J., Pierson won three matches in the qualifying draw and reached the round of 16 in the main draw in singles. She began the 32-player main draw by upsetting No. 6 seed Elisabeth Fournier of Canada in straight sets. In addition, Pierson and partner Stephanie Nauta reached the quarterfinals in doubles.

Bhosale has won consecutive doubles championships, winning the title at both $10,000 New Delhi tournaments with partner Kim Dabin of Korea. Bhosale is currently competing in the $10,000 Bangalore, also held in her home country, India.

Cristina Stancu, who capped her Aggie career this past spring by earning ITA All-America honors, made her professional debut earlier this summer by capturing two doubles titles. Most recently the Romanian came close to notching her third straight doubles title after reaching the finals of the $10,000 Timisoara last weekend.

Visit AggieAthletics.com for more information on Texas A&M women’s tennis. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AggieWomensTennis.

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